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Resurgence and Change in Religion: Belonging

Recent research shows that many people believe in ‘a divine Being, Thing or Principle’ (to quote from the 1983 High Court definition of a religion), but do not belong to any religious community or practice these beliefs. Conversely, many of those who belong to one or more of the world’s most significant religious communities – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam – do not believe some of the basic tenets of their faith. This course examines the changing relations... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
Resurgence and Change in Religion: Belonging

<p>Recent research shows that many people believe in ‘a divine Being, Thing or Principle’ (to quote from the 1983 High Court definition of a religion), but do not belong to any religious community or

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Plesae note the start date of this course has been moved to Tuesday 4th June.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

The Political Artist: David, Delacroix and Courbet

French nineteenth century artists were both commentators upon, and personally involved in contemporary political upheaval. Examine three major artists – Jacques-Louis David, Eugene Delacroix and Gustave Courbet – who perceived their artistic output as linked to a broader civic and social role within society. SUGGESTED READING Anita Brookner, Jacques-Louis David (Thames & Hudson, 1987). Jacques-Louis David: new perspectives, ed. Dorothy Johnson (University of Delaware Press, 2006).... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
The Political Artist: David, Delacroix and Courbet

<p>French nineteenth century artists were both commentators upon, and personally involved in contemporary political upheaval. Examine three major artists – Jacques-Louis David, Eugene Delacroix and

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Shaping History: Ten Famous Spies

Visit the secret world of ten famous spies. All of whom shaped history. Mata Hari and the Austrian spy Alfred Redl; the Red spies in the ‘Manhattan Project’; British double agent Kim Philby; the ‘Stasi’ spy Günter Guillaume, and more. COURSE OUTLINE Introduction, Mata Hari Alfred Redl, Cicero Richard Sorge, Klaus Fuchs, The Rosenbergs Kim Philby, Christine Keeler, The Profumo Affair Günter Guillaume, Rudolf Abel PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, students should... [More]
$166 Limited inc GST / $149
Shaping History: Ten Famous Spies

<p>Visit the secret world of ten famous spies. All of whom shaped history. Mata Hari and the Austrian spy Alfred Redl; the Red spies in the ‘Manhattan Project’; British double agent Kim Philby; the ‘

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Can it Get Worse? A Look at Recent Developments in Australian Politics

Former diplomat, Cavan Hogue, takes a look at recent developments in Australian Politics, with a special emphasis on foreign policy. [More]
$20 Limited inc GST
Can it Get Worse? A Look at Recent Developments in Australian Politics

Former diplomat, Cavan Hogue, takes a look at recent developments in Australian Politics, with a special emphasis on foreign policy.

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

The Piero della Francesca Trail

Piero della Francesca’s precisely composed and starkly moving paintings are immediately recognisable, some of them – such as the tiny Flagellation – still amongst Western Europe’s most enigmatic art. Piero’s works were strongly connected to the beautiful places he lived, sophisticated patrons for whom he worked, and geometric and mathematical theories he advanced. Join us as we follow the Piero della Francesca Trail from Urbino and Rimini, on to the hills outside Arezzo and thence... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
The Piero della Francesca Trail

Piero della Francesca’s precisely composed and starkly moving paintings are immediately recognisable, some of them – such as the tiny Flagellation – still amongst Western Europe’s most enigmatic art.

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Finding Convict Ancestors

The Course provides a basic introduction to the main sources of information required to locating or confirming Australian convict ancestors and an understanding of the convict system. It provides the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of multiple websites and teaches an organised approach to searching and recording. The course encourages students to use state and local libraries and genealogical organisations. SUGGESTED READING Alexander, Alison (2010), Tasmania’s Convicts, How... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Finding Convict Ancestors

<p>The Course provides a basic introduction to the main sources of information required to locating or confirming Australian convict ancestors and an understanding of the convict system. It provides

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Ostia, Portus, Rome: The Ports and Markets of the River Tiber

The fate of Rome and the River Tiber were always intertwined. Rome was literally formed by the river and this relationship – one of ports, markets, bridges, religion and growing military and trading power – is the foundation of this course. Examine the archaeology of the Tiber banks of Rome herself and visit the ports of Ostia and Portus at the river’s mouth where we will explore temples, shops, baths, houses, public buildings, monuments and cemeteries in cities that were host to... [More]
$153 Limited inc GST / $138
Ostia, Portus, Rome: The Ports and Markets of the River Tiber

<p>The fate of Rome and the River Tiber were always intertwined. Rome was literally formed by the river and this relationship – one of ports, markets, bridges, religion and growing military and

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

King Arthur - The Utopian King

King Arthur stands as the ideal – albeit flawed and tragic – of kingly virtues from a past golden age. This essentially British story is drawn from history and folklore, moulded by successive retellings by writers such as Thomas Malory and T.H. White, and adapted into multiple forms, because the stories and ideas are so compelling. How can a person be the ideal king, or the ideal knight? What are the obstacles to virtue? There have been other legendary kings, but these are not... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
King Arthur - The Utopian King

<p>King Arthur stands as the ideal – albeit flawed and tragic – of kingly virtues from a past golden age. This essentially British story is drawn from history and folklore, moulded by successive

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This class will now take place on 21st June, rather than the 28th as previously advertised.

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Wilkie Collins and the Sensation Novel

When Wilkie Collins' novel “The Woman in White” was first published in serial form in 1859 it not only transformed him into one of the most famous of Victorian writers, but launched a whole new genre of sensation fiction, drawing on aspects from melodrama, Gothic fiction, and the Newgate fiction which adapted crime stories for the entertainment of the newly literate working class and middle class consumers. His own life was sensational enough: sickly, and addicted to opium, he... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Wilkie Collins and the Sensation Novel

<p>When Wilkie Collins' novel “The Woman in White” was first published in serial form in 1859 it not only transformed him into one of the most famous of Victorian writers, but launched a whole new

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

When the God Squad Disagrees about Politics

Evangelical Christians have backed numerous right-of-centre, indeed even far-right, contemporary causes, issues, & politicians. Such public commitments could be seen as the antithesis of the Christian message of caring for the vulnerable & needy. We explore the political implications of what it means to be a Christian today. [More]
$20 Limited inc GST
When the God Squad Disagrees about Politics

Evangelical Christians have backed numerous right-of-centre, indeed even far-right, contemporary causes, issues, & politicians. Such public commitments could be seen as the antithesis of the Christian

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.